“It’s an honor to be given the nickname ‘Pick Me’ boy. It’s a song I always listened to do make myself feel better, and I got to claim that as my nickname.”
This is what Ahn Hyeong Seop, who came in at 16th place in “Produce 101 Season 2,” had to say about one of his most memorable moments on the show. The judges turned the song on to get the atmosphere hyped, and while everyone else was just dancing along in their seats, Ahn Hyeong Seop rushed on staged and showed off his moves, gaining him a big following from the very beginning.
When asked what pushed him to collect the courage and rush up on stage, the trainee said, “I hadn’t planned it or anything, I just got really into it in the moment. I read comments that said, ‘He knows how to secure screen time for himself,’ but back then, I didn’t even know what screen time was.”
However, the trainee also faced one of the toughest times of his life on the show as well. After seeing his rankings drop following his performance of “Get Ugly,” his look of disappointment was met with a flood of malicious comments.
Ahn Hyeong Seop said, “That was my toughest moment. I just tried to accept what I did wrong and do my best to not repeat the same mistake. But hearing so many bad things being said to me was hard to deal with. I was even scared to go on set to record the next episode. I had never cried before while on the show, but that day, I called my parents and cried. Everything was so scary to me and I wanted to run away.”
He also stated, “It was during that time that I got a lot of great advice from the other trainees. On the day of the next performances, I was feeling really down, but Kwon Hyun Bin came and told me to cheer up, and Jang Moon Bok came up to me after the performance and told me not to let the comments drag me down. Thanks to them, I was able to overcome that hurdle.”
Not only was Ahn Hyeong Seop known for his reactions during the show, but his determination shined throughout the show as well. Though he was first told by the trainer Lee Seok Hoon that he had no talent in singing, he persisted and worked hard to improve his singing skills, to the point that Lee Seok Hoon was surprised by his transformation.
When asked when he thinks he will debut, Ahn Hyeong Seop said that he wasn’t sure, but he’d try to make it as soon as possible. Until then, he’ll be greeting fans through various variety shows like tvN’s “Taxi” and OnStyle’s “Get It Beauty 2017.” He also added that he’s working on a great signature that he can use at fan events once he does make his debut.
To conclude, Ahn Hyeong Seop said, “I’m proud of my rankings on ‘Produce 101 Season 2’ because I never thought I’d get so far. I saw the ads that fans prepared for me and it really motivates me to push harder and do my best. I’m as happy as the characters in the stories I read when I was a kid, and it’s a feeling I can’t put into words. I will continue to work hard and never forget how I’m feeling right now.”